Just today we heard the sound of thunder rumbling through our office! The monsoon rains are signaling their imminent arrival. With wind and rain come common annoyances like dreadful traffic, unavoidable delays, messy hair, chilly clothing and predictably soaking, squeaky shoes.
These things invariably cause a shadow of gloom to cast a shadow on our erstwhile beautiful days.
So here we are to the rescue! We’ve compiled some suggestions from all around on how to instantly uplift your spirits while it’s raining giraffes and elephants outside!
Always Look Forward to Something
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” – Iris Murdoch
This is part of Sam Berns philosophy to happiness. Despite progeria, Sam enjoys his life and always has something to be excited about.
Be Grateful.“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Get a pen and paper and start listing down every good thing in your life right now. Get that joy flowing.
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Gratitude is a springboard for many good things, namely the next cheer-upper…
Simplicity is Key
“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.” – Henry Miller
We all get that feeling sometimes – “If only I had (this or that) … I’d be happy.” It’s an illusion. Once you get that, you’ll want something else! It’s a never ending cycle.
Wouldn’t it be just wonderful if you could say “I have everything I need to be happy right here, right now” (and mean it). To get to this place you need a lot of gratitude (see above).
“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:11-13).
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~ Mark Twain
“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.” -John Locke
Want all of creation’s secrets to open up to you? Then open up to the Creator!
Studies show that spending some time in silence and praying is one of the best ways to be instantly happy.
Don’t know what to think about? Try this: ACTS
A – Adoration
Tell God He’s just awesome!
C – Confession
Tell Him you’re sorry for things that you’ve done wrong. Don’t worry, He already knows… but He just wants to help you with these (if you’ll let Him).
T – Thanksgiving
There is so much to thank Him for. You can start with “Thank you I’m alive!”
S – Supplication
Ask Him for anything you need (or even want). Be specific in your prayers!
Do try it! It’s an instant cheer-upper for every morning.